Tree Species?

kevinbauman80May 17, 2013

Hi, I am new to this forum and I was hoping that someone could tell me what kind of tree this is?

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huggorm

Looks like some kind of maple but I think we need a close up of the leafs to be sure

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 5:05PM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

I can not see well enough resolution either. Something tells me Sugar maple. But who knows. Not silver, wrong bark. A leaf closeup would be great.

How long have you been around the tree? what type of fall colors? Does it have its samaras now?

Also, in my quest to read tree bark, am I just seeing shadows wrong or is there a decades old wound up there? I stare at that stuff, it probabky does not matter in any way.

Thanks and welcome aboard.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 5:34PM
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kevinbauman80

Here is a close up of the leaves.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 8:52PM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

Liriodendron tulipifera I believe.

That has to be it.

A different one of my favorite trees. Leave them low branches on so you can see the flowers.

Here is a link that might be useful: link to hort uconn

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 8:57PM
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kevinbauman80

I am having seedlings pop up all over my yard is these a common tree for spreading seedlings

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 9:12PM
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lisanti07028(z6NJ)

Oh, yeah, it's easy to share the wealth with a tulip poplar. The one in my yard - now about 18 feet tall - was a volunteer seedling. I'm not complaining! But they do pop up everywhere.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 9:16PM
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esh_ga

They don't all make it and they're easy to pull up.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 10:25PM
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kevinbauman80

One more question. What causes the tree to go hollow inside and is it still safe. I just dont want it falling into the house. I have attached a photo.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 2:42AM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

Ouch! Some wound let water in and poof, untreated wood rots like on your deck. Was that an open wound up about 2/3 of the way in your first pick? Could be a lower wound also from a mower or somethig.

Is it safe....have an arborist come take a peek. I get spooked easily in residential settings sometimes trees stand for decades if not longer like that.

How far away is your house or classic car?

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 10:33AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Based on what I see in both views this would definitely be taken down if it were on my place. You can have a tulip tree break apart anyway, and this one is a mess.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 2:25PM
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greenthumbzdude

i am going to guess lightening...I have an english walnut with a similar looking scar...it healed though...took a few years until the crack filled in.
I would just cut it down and replace it with something else....come back and ask for suggestions when you do.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 2:47PM
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huggorm

I would let it be, it will take dozens of years before any new tree will be that large and impressive.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 4:18PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

it will make some very nice mulch.. and firewood ...

get rid of it ASAP

ken

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 5:44PM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

Just to debate...

It looks like an old wound which the tree is encapsulating pretty well.

Looks like a regular residential lot though.

Up on the hill away from the house my kid is always in and away from my Mustang's garage I am more tolerant with trees than near the structures.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 9:42PM
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